Just five months after joining Instagram, Pope Francis has amassed some 3 million followers and counting.
The pontiff’s account, @franciscus, shares photos and videos almost daily, with captions frequently offered in several languages. While they’re not exactly exclusive “behind-the-scenes” shots, the posts offer a look at Francis’ day to day life. The moments captured range from tender to joyous to playful, putting the pope’s many facets on display.
Each photo or video is paired with a comment that demonstrates some of the key issues Francis cares about most, from immigration to the environment to caring for the poor and those suffering from illnesses.
Scroll down for a sampling of some our favorite @franciscus posts so far: